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Coalition Of U.S. Women's Health And HIV Advocates Call For Accelerated US Government Plan For Demonstrating Feasibility Of PrEP For Women

VOICE Results Underscore Need for Clear, US-Based PrEP Implementation Agenda

ATLANTA, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group, a coalition of more than 50 women from leading AIDS and women's health organizations, today called on US government agencies to coordinate a national agenda that will quickly and accurately answer questions about how the antiretroviral (ARV) drug Truvada can best be made available as an HIV prevention option for women at risk of HIV infection.

The Working Group called for a US federal coordinating group to be convened with the goal of ensuring that plans and funds are in place for demonstration projects that will answer key questions about the use of daily tenofovir/emtricitibine (TDF/FTC, brand name Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among women in the United States, as well as plans for educational campaigns for women, their partners and health care providers as PrEP is rolled out.

"Many women in the US are at high risk for HIV. In some communities African American women are at as much risk of HIV as in many African communities and they need new HIV prevention options that they can control and use to protect themselves. PrEP can be that option for some women. The scientific evidence is clear, and last year's FDA approval of Truvada as PrEP for all men and women at risk of HIV paved the way for the next steps," said Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH, Executive Director of SisterLove and convener of the Working Group.

"While the clinical science is clear, the social and behavioral implications are less so, and we now need to develop and fund demonstration projects that will help answer a range of questions about real-world use of PrEP by American women and move toward an integrated plan for PrEP rollout in our communities that includes support for healthcare providers, social workers and others who will help women use PrEP effectively," Diallo added.

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